Bladder Leaks

bladder leaks

Many people suffer from urinary incontinence, or bladder leaks. The problem is more common than most people realize. While many people feel embarrassed to discuss this problem, others are unaware that targeted exercise can help them strengthen the pelvic floor and minimize bladder leaks. By following a schedule, a person can gradually teach their bladder to recognize the time it is time to go and gradually increase the amount of time between trips.

Women with bladder leaks should be aware of the fact that the muscles surrounding the bladder weaken with age, which can make them less able to hold urine. In addition, hormone changes that occur in the body can lead to urinary incontinence. For example, estrogen is necessary to maintain the bladder lining and prevent urine from leaking, but this hormone declines as we age. Another risk factor for bladder leaks is high-impact exercise, such as high-impact classes and long distance running, which put downward pressure on the pelvic floor and weaken the muscles that support it.

To determine whether a patient has bladder leakage, a doctor may perform a cystoscope examination, a procedure where a thin tube slides up through the urethra to examine the bladder. A cystoscope can also help diagnose whether the bladder is full or not. An ultrasound test can also be performed to determine the rate at which the bladder empties. Patients should also keep a daily diary to record the symptoms they experience.

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